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November 17, 2014

Sacred Forests as Bioreserves: Conserving Natural Resources & Protecting Livelihoods

Elise Ursin EcoAgriculture Partners Jes Walton EcoAgriculture Partners

The Siliserh Chhind Landscape encompasses 30 villages in Rajasthan, India and is characterized by Siliserh Lake and the flat-topped Aravalli hills, one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world. Water scarcity and low rain falls (with the exception of monsoon season) leave much of this area somewhat infertile, and therefore, growing crops is not […] ...
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October 1, 2014

Practical Approaches to Integrating Community Based Adaptation in Local Planning in Northern Ghana

Nikolaj Boutrup Møller, ALP Ghana/CARE Denmark

Integrating community based adaptation activities into local- and district-level plans is considered one of the most effective ways to support vulnerable communities in adapting to the impacts of climate change. However, practical approaches for integration that reflect the realities and priorities of the communities on the ground have always been a challenge. Fighting food in ...
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September 19, 2014

Equator Prize Recipients Incorporate Ecoagriculture Principles into Award-Winning Initiatives

Margie Miller EcoAgriculture Partners

Next Monday, on the eve of the United Nations Climate Summit, as high level government officials from around the world check into their hotels, a different kind of UN gathering will be taking place in New York City—one that brings people who are far from the seats of power. The Equator Prize Award Ceremony, which […] ...
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September 5, 2014

Demonstrating How to Integrate Gender into Conservation

Brittany Ajroud Conservation International

In East Timor’s Nino Konis Santana National Park, men work as fishermen while women prepare the catch for sale—first removing the fish from fishing gear, then sorting, processing and packaging for the market. In Madagascar’s Fandriana Vondrozo forest corridor, women who engage in small industries like basketry must often rely on men for raw materials, […] ...
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September 5, 2014

European Wood-Pastures as Cultural Landscapes

Tobias Plieninger University of Copenhagen Tibor Hartel Sapientia University, Romania

European landscapes are shaped by long-lasting, intensive and complex interactions between people and nature. This interaction has generated values that are appreciated by society, nowadays called “landscape values” or “ecosystem services,” but many of these cultural landscape values are in decline. Wood-pastures—combinations of grazing lands with scattered trees—ar ...
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August 29, 2014

Guna Yala and REDD+: A Look at Why Some Resist

Jes Walton EcoAgriculture Partners

Recently, several of us at EcoAgriculture Partners discussed the need to explore why some groups resist or hesitate to adopt ecoagricultural practices and integrated approaches to landscape management. As the Third International Conference for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) meets in Samoa this week, the case of the Guna people, whose ancestral lands of Guna […] ...
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August 13, 2014

Negotiating Sustainable Landscapes Requires Inclusive and Innovative Tools

By Robert Frederick Finlayson, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Governments and communities are finding it easier to work together to create a sustainable, climate-friendly Southeast Asia thanks to a suite of ‘tools’ that support negotiations over land use. But, do you ‘spare’ land or do you ‘share’ it? If you spare it by ‘protecting’ it, for […] ...
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August 4, 2014

Where Are the Monkeys? The Fallacy of Evaluating Conservation from Above the Canopy

By Torsten Krause, Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies Tropical deforestation and forest degradation has made its way into international news headlines and political agendas. The urgency and need to reduce forest loss is clearer than ever before, and many new initiatives are being proposed. Engaging with and tackling the economic drivers of deforestation and [&hel ...
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June 23, 2014

Landscape Capacity Building in Africa: How to Ensure Ownership, Equality and Change

Cora van Oosten Wageningen-UR Louise E. Buck Cornell University EcoAgriculture Partners

Working from a landscape perspective means to be able to “see the bigger picture.” Besides having technical know-how, one needs to understand spatial processes, work in teams to make landscape decisions, balance the needs of many stakeholders, and be sensitive to local circumstances. Without a doubt, it is difficult to live up to these aspects […] ...
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June 16, 2014

Landscape Governance in Africa: Navigating Power Imbalances to Foster Cooperation

Constance Neely World Agroforestry Centre Raffaela Kozar EcoAgriculture Partners Louise E. Buck Cornell University EcoAgriculture Partners

Editor’s note: This July, the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative is hosting a conference to bring together leading minds from African government, research, civil society and the private sector in Nairobi. The goal? To generate an ambitious agenda to enhance and scale effective integrated landscape management in Africa. By sharing the best in […] ...
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